Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation

  • What is the state of art in regulatory practices?
  • How are regulators addressing emerging issues?
  • Which basic principles can be relied upon to guide regulatory decisions during times of change?

The answers to these questions, and many more, can be found on the Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation (BoKIR). This site is a comprehensive online resource for utility and regulation professionals, policy makers, and academics focusing on regulatory reform and the promotion of strong performance in energy, telecommunications, transportation, and water sectors.

The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) at the World Bank and the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida embarked on a new initiative entitled “Improving Infrastructure Regulation for Low-Income, Fragile and Low-Capacity Countries Program” early 2015. This PPIAF-led initiative aims to support the development of sustainable regulatory systems and improve the delivery of infrastructure services by building regulators’ capacity to design and implement regulatory functions. The program has a particular focus on low-income and fragile countries, as well as lower-middle income countries with under-developed regulatory systems. This initiative will address the specific challenges faced by countries with less developed institutions and regulatory frameworks.

The Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation contains summaries of regulatory literature, tutorials, self-paced tests, and more than 500 downloadable references for regulatory reform and performance improvements in infrastructure industries. The online glossary has been translated from English into Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Russian and Arabic. The site also provides guidance regarding Frequently Asked Questions related to social pricing, price levels and tariff design, regulating state owned enterprises, private-public partnerships, and other topics. In 2011, the Norwegian Trust Fund for Private Sector and Infrastructure supported the addition of FAQs related to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

This online resource was originally developed in 2006 and has benefitted from funding by The World Bank and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). PURC has led the effort to update content for the site.

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